COVID-19: Bauchi insists on reopening of school on January 18, gives reasons
- Bauchi state government said there is no going back on schools reopening despite the COVID-19 scare
- The state government said all the 4,816 schools will resume as slated for Monday, January 18
- Bauchi has 1,093 cases of COVID-19 after NCDC announced 11 new cases in the state on Monday, January 11
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With COVID-19 still sending panic into the heart of the people nationwide, Bauchi state government said it will not go back on its plans of reopening schools on Monday, January 18.
Aliyu Tilde, the state commissioner of education, made this known on Tuesday, January 12, adding that all the 4,816 schools in Bauchi will resume for the 2020/2021 academic session.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Monday, January 11, announced new 11 cases of COVID-19 in Bauchi in what brought the total cases in the state to 1,093.
The country is witnessing a surge in the cases of coronavirus and casualties since the second wave of the pandemic began.
On Monday, the federal government said the reopening of all institutions and schools slated for January 18 is no more feasible due to the scare over the fast-spreading virus.
But Bauchi government maintained that it "would reopen the schools for the first term, which was supposed to begin in September," Premium Times reports.
Tilde explained that the schools would strictly abide by the COVID-19 protocols of social distancing, wearing of face masks, sanitising hands and “any other measure that would prevent the disease."
The commissioner also assured that the government has done the needful by fumigating all "schools, including the four existing tertiary institutions, to guard against any eventuality."
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In a related development, Legit.ng reported that the minister of state for health, Olorunnimbe Mamora, said the federal government might suspend the ongoing National Identification Number (NIN) enrolment.
Mamora told Channels TV on Monday, January 11, that the exercise may be suspended due to the risks of contracting COVID-19 because of the large crowds which visit the NIN centres.
He said the crowds that have thronged the NIN registration centres across the country is a cause for concern.
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